I have just referred my case to the LGO. The decision letter I received refers to evidence I know was supplied by the admission authority and is listed in the letter as having been considered by the panel. I was unaware that this evidence was even being considered and I did not receive a copy of it beforehand. I feel I should have been made aware that it existed and then given the opportunity to comment on it.
The letter also says that I had insufficient evidence to overturn the school's assessment. The school's case sent to me by the clerk simply said he didn't pass the exam. I submitted plenty of evidence of grammar school ability but now get the impression that the panel have used something that the school has submitted against DS that I have not seen.
I can't provide any advice as such but would be really interested in which way you decide to go as we are in an almost identical position. Same as you - our evidence not refered to, so I'm assuming ignored. Evidence was refered to in the letter that we didnt recieve and I've today been told by the panel that we didnt meet the pass criteria - this is not published sothey couldnt give me a copy.
PM me and tell me what school you were appealing for. It would be interesting if we had the same panel and felt the same way!!!